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1st Hayden wayfinding signage meeting to be held Wednesday

— One step at a time, town leaders and Hayden business owners along Walnut Street are working toward making the community a more attractive place for travelers on U.S. Highway 40.

On Wednesday at the Hayden Town Hall, those business owners will collaborate with members of the town board, planning commission, Chamber of Commerce and Hayden Economic Development Commission in a wayfinding signage kickoff meeting.

“The kickoff meeting is really just the start of a process that we are using to gather information to do some very conceptual design work for signage for the town based off what they feel best fits the image of Hayden,” the Colorado Center for Community Development’s Chris Endreson said.

Endreson is spearheading the project that first will take on revamping entrance signs in Hayden along U.S. 40. The CCCD works with architecture and design students from the University of Colorado, Denver, who will draft ideas for the entrance sign for approval at a later meeting.

He said the initial meeting Wednesday is simply for information gathering, and ideas from business leaders and the community will go directly to students so they can begin their work.

Endreson said the CU-Denver students — who are employed by CCCD during their studies — won’t be at Wednesday’s meeting but will be at later meetings for presentations and sharing ideas.

Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary owner Tammie Delaney, a self-proclaimed fanatic of historic preservation, said the town long has discussed plans for improvements to parking, wayfinding signage and facade facelifts along Walnut Street and downtown Hayden, but implementation of the ideas never has come to fruition.

“This meeting is to bring a little more cohesiveness to this town,” Delaney said. “Our community has done a lot of work through envisioning and planning and putting things into place. The hope is through these projects, we can implement those things.”

CU-Denver students were in Hayden on Saturday for a separate project, analyzing downtown Hayden’s historic facades and the potential for Walnut Street’s future.

Endreson said the CCCD has conducted similar projects of various capacities for more than 50 years, some in Routt County. In spring 2011, CCCD students worked to improve Oak Creek’s recreation master plan, and Endreson said students currently are working on South Routt parks.

Delaney said the graduate students working on the Hayden projects are in their third year using the town as “a studio to learn from.”

Aside from having students work on wayfinding signage, Delaney hopes the students analyzing facade and parking improvements will have concepts developed by June or July.

“It’s taking that and deciding what Hayden’s identity looks like and how we incorporate that as people travel through,” Delaney said. “What are some things people driving from Craig to Steamboat want to see? What is there to see?”

Wednesday’s kickoff meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hayden Town Hall.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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